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THE GREUADA NEW8LETER O' -'
Por The Week Ending October 50th 1976
RBCOD NUTM3 PAYOUT
Nutmeg producers in Grenada are expected to reoeitv a record EC.3j
million bonus payment this year. It had been hoped to have this
money in eiroulation early in November but, breakdowns of accounting
machines have retarded preparation of statements, and indications we
that payments will not begin until the third week in November.
The Nutmeg Industry in Grenada is controlled by the Grenada
Cooperative Nutmeg Association which was brought into being by
ordinance in 1947 and made the sole exporter of nutmegs. Throughout
the year, the Association buys nutmegs and macoe from its members,
making "advances" on those purchases and, at year end (June 30th),
profits are calculated and distributed as "bonus".
According to the Nutmeg Industry Ordinance, the Assooid ion is
controlled by a Board comprised of six persons elected by the members
from among themselves, and an officer of the Civil Service. The
Governor-General may also nominate not more than two other persons
to the Board.
There is, however, provision in the Ordinance for the dissolution of
the Board by the Governor General in certain ciro usstances, and this
'provision was used on July 4th 1975 when the elected Nutmeg Board was
dissolved and the Associa ion put under control of a Government
nominated Interim Board.
The validity of the Dissolution Order was challenged in the High
Court before Mr Justioe Archibald Nedd and, after hearings, Mr Nedd
reserved his judgement on Priday April 9th last. To date, this
judgement has not been given.
In the mean time, an Act has been passed removing the obligation of
the Nutmeg Board to hold General Meetings as provided by the Nutmeg
Industry Ordinance, and payment of the "bonus" this year is expected
to be made on the basia of a Report prepared by the Interim Board.
A spokesman for the Association told NLVSLETTER that the ECD" million
increase in the 1976 bonus over the 1975 figure was due to an increase
n. exports, but that production was estimated to be some 25g( dcwi
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because of poor weather conditions.
It was also stated that discussions were held recently with potential
purchasers from Argentina, but the outcome of these talks was not
LIST OP ELECTORS PROCLAIMED.
According to Statutory Rule & Order (SR&O) number 7 of 1976 published
with the Government Gazette of October 26th, the List of Electors
compiled in 1975 came into force on Tuesday 26th October 1976.
Taken in conjunction with the House of Representatives (Registration
of Electors 1976 Revision) Act which was Stken through all its stages
at the House of Representatives meeting on Wednesday October 27th,
political observers see indications that Parliament may soon be
dissolved and a date fixed for General Blections.
Copies of the new Act are not yet available but it is understood
that it makes provision for the List of Electors to be revised
between November let 1976 and November 15th 1976. According to
the provisions of the original Act, revision of the List of Electors
must take place every year between the period February let to March
31at. This statutory requirement was not fulfilled in 1976 and
the Act passed on October 27th will permit this omission to be
corrected. The time for revision, however, has been reduced from
two months to two weeks.
NEW SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS
Notice is given in the Government Gazette of October 26th that the
appointment of Mr Ernest Joba as Supervisor of Elections has been
terminated with effect from 26th October 1976. The same Gazette
advises that, under sub-section (2) of Section 35 of the Grenada
Constitution, the Education Officer, Mr Albert Abraham, has been
appointed Supervisor of Elections.
The relevant sub-section reads as follows, "The functions of the
office of the Supervisor of Elections shall be exercised by the
person holding or acting in such public office as may for the time
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being be designated in that behalf by the Governor General acting in
his own deliberate judgemennt."
A usually reliable source advised NEWSLETTER that Mr Abraham has
already appointed officers for revising the Lists of Electors of
Grenada's $5 constituencies, but this could not be confirmed.
ACTING POLICE COMMISSIONER REMOVED
Acting Commissioner of Police Adonis Francis has been raved from the
post aid his place has been taken by Mr Osbert James with effect, it
is understood, from Tuesday October 26th.
Mr James, who acted as Commissioner from February 20th 1974 until the
post was filled by Nigerian police officer, Mr James Usen, on July lat
1975, was recalled from leave for a few days to resume the acting
appointment when the Nigerian Government eut short Mr Usen'a
secondment to Grenada and he left the island an July 10th this year.
After only five days in office, however, Mr James handed over to
Mr Francis and reaumed his leave. It is understood that, now that
Mr James has taken over again, he is still 45 days short of the end
of his leave, but Press inquiries at his office and at the office of
the Public Service Commission have been given no reason for his early
NJM LEGAL SECRETARY COMPLAINS AGAINST POLICE
A CANA news-story datelined October 28th states that Prima Minister
Gairy has accused the New Jewel Movement (NJM) of starting "a spate
of blatant lies against the Government and police." According to
the new.-story, Mr Gairy alleged that the most recent lie was that the
police had refused NJM permission to hold public meetings.
"This is an outrageous, undiluted and blatant lie in that no one has
to get permission to hold any public or private meeting in the
territory of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique", the Prime
Minister is reported as saying.
In an exclusive interview today (29th) with the Legal Secretary of
NJM, Mr Lloyd Noel, NEWSLETTER was advised that NJM has not been
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refused permission to hold public meetings. "we have not been
refused permission", said Mr Noel, "because we have not asked permission
and, in fact, we do not need such permission." Mr Noel said that
what had been refused was police permission to use a public address
(P A) system to advertise public meetings and at those meetings.
The Legal Secretary of NJM disclosed that his organisation had planned
to hold 54 meetings commencing October 20th and culminating in a
"People's Convention on Elections" at the Beamoan racetrack on
Sunday November 7th. Mr Noel said that, as is required by law,
applications were made to the police to use a P A system and, up to
Friday October 22nd, his organisation had had no problems with the
applications. On that day, however, the police had given
permission for the use of the P A system for only 90 minutes and,
on expiry of that time, NJt had been told that, it the meeting was
not closed, the equipment would be confiscated.
Mr Noel alleged that on the next day, Saturday 23rd, when the police
were approached for permits already applied for covering meeting* to
be held that night, NJM was told they would not be ready before
Tuesday 26th. "I, personally, spoke to the then Acting Commissioner
of Police, vr Adonis Francis", Mr Noel continued, "and he argued
that his staff was unable to cope with the pressure of work. I
offered to assist him by making up the forms and have him sign
them. He refused. I invited him to phone his local police
and give them verbal instructions that we were holding those
meetings. He refused. And so, from Saturday until now we
have not got one single permit and we have held all our 11 meetings
by use of our natural voices."
Mr Noel thought it significant that two other political parties
were being given permits to use public address systems, and he
felt that NJM was baing discriminated against and that Prime Minister
Gairy had intentionally distorted the facts for his own purposes.
Following the interview with Mr Noel, NEWSLETER phoned the present
Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr Oabert James, and asked for his
comments on the NJM complaints. Mr James did not deny that the
police are refusing permission to NJM to use P A systems, but he
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stated that he had no comment to make.
Tonight (29th), NJM held a 2-hour public meeting in st.Georgea
market square using a public address system and atttacting a crowd
of some 400 people. Speakers on the platform said they had made
application for a police permit to use the P A system but it had
not been issued. After the meeting had been in progress for
some 30 minutes, NEWSLETTER noted the arrival of two uniformed
policemen, a sergeant and a Constable, and some time later, a
uniformed Inapector was on the scene. No effort was made to
stop the meeting.
DOMINICA'S PEEDR-ROAD DEVELOPMENT SATISFACTORY
Dominica's feeder-road programme is beginning to change the whole face
of the rural community. This opinion was eaxressed to NEWSLETTER
in an exclusive interview in Dominica this week with the Honourable
Michael Douglas, Minister for Communications & Works in the Dominica
Mr Douglas was, at the time, referring to the feeder-road development
scheme which is being financed by a EC#2.4 million loan from the
Caribbean Development Balk, and which has been in operation now for
some 14 months.
"Already", said the Minister, "we are beginning to see a trend where
farmers are building their houses along the road, and I believe they
are also beginning to see the real effects in terms of getting their
produce quickly to market in marketable condition."
Mr Douglas pointed out that the feeder-road programme had gone ahead
"at some detriment" to the main arterial-road programme and that,
especially in the northern areas of Dominica, the standard of feeder-
roads going into the hinterland is very much better than the main
roads. He believed, however, that the success of the feeder-road
programme and the impact it will have on the fuming community and
rural community in general will generate sufficient financing which
will be available for the main roads.
"We are putting the horse before the cart", said Mr Douglas, "and
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we think that spending a lot of money on feeder roade will pay back
-ery substantially in the long term."
ROSIE DOUGLAS BILmED
In response to an invitation issued by the YULIMD group in St.Vincent,
Mr Rosie Douglas, political activist of Dominica, flew to St.Vincent
on Friday October 22nd to deliver the feature address at a convention
scheduled by YULIMO to commence in Kingstown on that date.
On arrival at St.Vincent, however, Mr Douglas was denied entry and
was taken by LIAT aircraft on to Grenada where he was also denied entry.
Proceeding to Trinidad, Mr Douglas was told again that he could not enter
the country. He then travelled on the snme aircraft to Barbados where
he was allowed to land and where he overnighted before returning to his
Interviewed by NEWSLETTER on the some day of his experience, Mr Douglas
said he was unable to understand why "this unjustified action" had been
taken against him. "As a Dominican", he said, "I expect my Government
will take some action in the matter so as to protect me and fellow
Dominicans from such humiliating treatment from sister Members of the
DOMINICA/CUBA FRIENDSHIP AS80GOQIIOQ 2OM#HD
On Wednesday 20th October, a Donmiica/Cuba Friendship Association (DCFA)
was formed and Mr Francisco Esprit, a recent graduate in Agriculture from
the University of the Westindies was elected Chairman.
There are 20 foundation members of DCFA and these members held a meeting
in Roseau on Monday October 26th to work out a program based on the
aims and objects of the Association.
Prior to the meeting, NEWSLETTER was granted an exclusive interview with
Mr Eddie Lambert, an Executive Member of the Association, who emphasised
that the aims and objects of DCPA are non-political. "Emphasis will
be placed in the areas of cultural exchanges", he said, "and these will
include visits by performing artists, poets and orchestras".
Mr Lambert said also that the activities of DCPA will be educational in
nature and the Association is interested in technical exchanges, both in
the form of literature and personnel, especially in the fields of
agriculture and agro-induetries.
"I think that a group such as DCFA can be of great benefit to Dominica",
Mr Lambert said, "and I hope that similar groups will be formed
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On October 26th, the 3 8 "Geestland" sailed with 25,141 boxes of bananas
weighing 765,661 lba and valued at E0$68,909.00. There were 301 boxes
of rejected fruit. -0-0-0-0-0-0-0- (30 wrwde)
CRUISE LINER CALLS kv
During the = ek ending October 23rd, there were three cruise liner calls
at Grenada. These were the "Cunard Countess" on Tuesday 19th with 669
passengers, the "Amerikanis" on Wednesday 20th with 562 passengers, and
the "Sun Viking on Satrday 2rd with 745 passengers. (43 words)
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Alister Hughes 20th October 19S